16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Prague
Fly:  25​h
1
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Crescent City
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Prague

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, then stop by Sebastian General Store, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Simeon route app .

Prague, Czech Republic to San Simeon is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. While traveling from Prague, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

3
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Get in touch with nature at Moro Rock and General Grant Tree Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Kings Canyon National Park and Generals Hwy. Change things up with a short trip to Manzanar National Historic Site in Independence (about 44 minutes away). It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel route planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail

1
night
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
On the 27th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then hike along Panorama Trail, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then trek along Nevada Falls Loop, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park driving holiday planning tool .

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. In June, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder than Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park - with highs of 30°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 29th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Exploratorium and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco holiday builder tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

2
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. On the 1st (Mon), see the interesting displays at End of the Trail Museum, then delve into the lush surroundings at Trees of Mystery, then explore and take pictures at Requa Road, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Northcoast Marine Mammal Center. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Lone Ranch Beach and then cruise along Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Crescent City tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Crescent City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect Crescent City to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Crescent City

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Klamath, Brookings
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Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Lone Ranch Beach ©
Lone Ranch Beach

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, cruise along Mendocino Coast, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, then learn about winemaking at Pacific Star Winery, and then stroll around MacKerricher State Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fort Bragg online attractions planner .

Getting from Crescent City to Fort Bragg by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Crescent City, expect warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

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